Mentoring Stories

Mentoring Stories

Thea held the position of COO at her organisation and was appointed to be acting CEO for a six month period while the long-term CEO took extended leave. She was aware of the Board’s strong loyalty to the original CEO and knew that navigating change as an acting CEO would prove challenging...

Sue and her mentee began working together right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sue, a longstanding Kilfinan Australia mentor, says that it’s often the case that mentees come to the mentoring relationship with goals and challenges they’d like to work on that are not always representative of their actual needs. Such was the case with her mentee, who is a young, first-time CEO...

Harry and his mentee started their mentoring relationship just as she was on the precipice of implementing massive transformational change in the organisation. In late 2019, a month after their first meeting, Harry’s mentee presented her new 3 year strategic plan to the Board, where it was broadly supported. They were to regroup in the new year to begin implementation. Of course, the new year came with the unprecedented double-crises of bushfires and COVID and she had to move into crisis management...

Neil is a first-time CEO, and though he’s now been in the role for several years, he very much felt like he was learning on the job. When Neil was first matched with his mentor, working with the Board was his biggest challenge. The board members were ageing in terms of tenure and energy, including a powerful Chair who had been on the Board for 20 years...